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I’ve been teaching guitar for over 15 years now, and it’s still a fun challenge.

Recently, I’ve realised that it’s more than just a side gig, it’s become a way to keep my conversational skills sharp in our digital world.

The Risks Of Too Much Remote Work

By @cwmonty on Unsplash
By @cwmonty on Unsplash

I work from home full-time for my tech day job, which means I don’t get much interaction past talking to my dog.

Like plenty of people these days, the majority of my daily interactions happen through Slack or video calls.

And while remote work definitely has its perks such as trips to the sauna in my lunch breaks, I’ve noticed the lack of face-to-face interaction can slowly erode your social skills.

The brain gets used to text and emojis instead of facial expressions and body language ⏰🐷✈️

I’ve found myself becoming more awkward than usual during real conversations as a result.

How Teaching Guitar Helps

My weekly guitar teaching provides a consistent opportunity to exercise my conversational muscles. There’s never any awkward small talk because the guitar and lesson plan act as an anchor to circle back to.

It’s a bit like a mini workout for my social skills as well as my guitar skills!

Developing Soft Skills

Teaching guitar has helped me become more comfortable with public speaking and speaking in general.

Having to:

  • Explain concepts clearly
  • Manage anxiety
  • Think on your feet

These skills sharpen each time I teach.

With remote work on the rise, strong social and communication skills will be a major asset. Mastering the art of conversation is a rare talent that can set you apart in business and beyond.

Moving Forward

I’m going to keep teaching guitar for as long as I can, for the social benefits as much as the extra guitar practice. But I also want to add another regular social activity that doesn’t revolve around alcohol.

Parenting and hangovers don’t mix well!

Let me know if you have suggestions for a good sober social hobby. I’m thinking maybe Brazilian jiu-jitsu, woodworking classes, or some sort of sport.

How do you make sure to balance screen time with real face-to-face connections? I’m curious to hear what’s worked for you!